Leading up to the 24th African Union (AU) Summit, the Campaign joined 180 African women leaders at the Gender is My Agenda conference (GIMAC)—hosted by Campaign Advisory Committee member Femmes Africa Solidarité—to call on the AU to mark its “Year of Women’s Empowerment” with concrete commitments to end violence against women. The conference took place in Addis Ababa from January 20 to 23.
Campaign co-chair, Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee, led a delegation of Campaign members from Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and South Sudan to GIMAC, which brought AU officials—including AU chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma; AU Special Rapporteur on Rights of Women in Africa, Soyata Maiga; and AU Special Envoy on Women Peace and Security, Bineta Diop—gender ministers, United Nations agencies, civil society organizations, and grassroots activists together to develop a list of key recommendations for the AU in preparation for its 24th Summit last week.
The GIMAC recommendations included developing national and regional action plans on ending violence against women, providing rehabilitation and recovery programs for survivors of conflict—including child soldiers—and increasing women’s participation in peace and policymaking processes. Their call to action also includes ending impunity for sexual violence crimes and providing sustained resources for grassroots women’s groups caring for survivors of sexual violence and rebuilding communities.
During the GIMAC, Campaign members had the opportunity to meet with key policymakers and activists from across Africa and the world, including the Inclusive Security Task force on South Sudan. Stay tuned for photos of all the action!